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leisner
09-14-2006, 01:58 PM
wow. where do we even start with this guy?

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Chicago Sun Times
Letters to the Editor

August 14, 2006

Bike Riders Do More Harm Than Good

The proliferation of bicycles on public roads is damaging the quality of life, and it's time we all faced some realities on the subject.

First, people need their motor vehicles and aren't going to give them up. It is simply not practical to flood our streets with bicycles while it remains vital to society that people and goods get where they're going with the speed, efficiency and comparative safety that motor vehicles provide.

Second, bicycles are not going to stop global warming. What today's cars and bicycles have in common is that they are both outmoded technologies. Part of the answer to global warming is clean automotive technology -- not, as Seinfeld told Kramer, ''Just what the city needs -- more cumbersome, slow-moving vehicles,'' which in this case save less than a drop in the bucket's worth of pollution.

It is true that cycling is good exercise. So are walking, jogging, swimming, aerobics, working out at the health club and any number of sports activities that don't block traffic or expose the exerciser to broken limbs. Given the options, bicycling is one of the poorest choices possible.

Driving a motor vehicle requires maximum attention at all times. The more bikes are on the street that motorists have to defer to, the more attention is taken from everything else they have to watch for. The more cyclists take to the streets, therefore, the more accidents they are going to cause.

The amount of unnecessary stress this causes motorists, who more often than not are just trying to get to or from work or get their errands done, is unconscionable. But if motorists must put up with bicycles on the road, would it be too much to ask that cyclists take some responsibility for their own safety? Requiring cyclists who want to use the same roads as motor vehicles to carry insurance the same as motor vehicles would be a good start.

Ultimately, there is not one valid argument in favor of increased bicycle activity, and plenty of arguments against it. Please leave the bicycles at home. They are doing more harm than good.

C.R. Green, Albany Park

TCR Punk
09-14-2006, 02:34 PM
Okay dude, you rule. Not. Keep paying the man for over priced fuel, I'll keep riding. And insurance? What the hell. Go pound it!

Timmy-

Elly
09-14-2006, 04:18 PM
Just take this letter and replace just about every instance of the word "bicycle" with the word "car." That gives you a pretty good response, I think.

jskrover
09-14-2006, 09:02 PM
dont leave your bike at home ride it!!!!!! This right wing dude cant handle losing that 3 or 4 extra minutes he has to wait while trying to pass a cyclist on his way home. Is it really that big of a nuisanceto have to slow down here or there. I mean at least he could be happy that we are conserving gas for him to drive his hummer around by himself at 80 mph on the freeway getting 2 mpg while trying to get to the nearest fast food restaurant to fill his belly just so when he gets home he can go directly to his lazyboy and watch sitcoms all night and not have to cook himself any dinner. (sorry about the runon sentence just ranting these people drive me nuts) thats my two cents

Haven_kd7yct
09-15-2006, 09:39 AM
Driving a motor vehicle requires maximum attention at all times. The more bikes are on the street that motorists have to defer to, the more attention is taken from everything else they have to watch for. The more cyclists take to the streets, therefore, the more accidents they are going to cause.

The amount of unnecessary stress this causes motorists, who more often than not are just trying to get to or from work or get their errands done, is unconscionable. But if motorists must put up with bicycles on the road, would it be too much to ask that cyclists take some responsibility for their own safety? Requiring cyclists who want to use the same roads as motor vehicles to carry insurance the same as motor vehicles would be a good start.

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Yes, driving a motor vehicle demands maximum attention.... and let's be realistic, how many drivers do you see that are giving even 75% of their attention to the task of driving? Between cell phones, music players, GPS/OnStar, kids/pets (on laps, my favorite), dvd players, the need to eat/drink/check the newspaper for movie times/put on makeup.... I would say that the average driver only devotes maybe 65% of their attention to driving.

Just imagine what it would be like if more people paid more attention to driving; more bicycles on the road would not be an issue.

Additionally, motorists wouldn't have so much stress if they'd just be more realistic about how much time it's going to take to get from point A to point B. Leave earlier, give yourself more time to get where you need to be, and your stress level would probably go down.

The only point I agree with is the last one he makes, about cyclists needing to be more responsible road-users. Now if we could just get the same thing from motorists.

--Kristen Tabor, Tigard, OR

DJoos
09-17-2006, 12:39 AM
I hope he dosen't have children, wow, what is there to say.

mquetel
09-17-2006, 07:31 AM
I think it is pretty clear that Mr. Green views cyclists as belonging to the axis of evil. I don't think you can have meaningful dialog with someone like that.